Cocodrilos de Caracas are named LPB champions. They overcame Bucaneros in the decisive seventh game of the championship series to conquer the title. The game was mostly controlled by Cocodrilos. Bucaneros managed to win third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Tony Mitchell (203-92, college: N.Texas) helped adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. Five Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-90, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds and swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Top scorers: Cocodrilos: W.McKines 27+12reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 18+10reb+1ast, C.Garcia 17+2reb+4ast, L.Lopez 11+7reb+2ast, C.Elliott 10+4reb+9ast, Y.Palacios 3+1reb Bucaneros: J.Carter 18+6reb+3ast, A.Oriakhi 14+22reb+1ast, J.Centeno 13+2ast, D.Ivanov 9+6reb+2ast, C.Cedeno 7+1reb+2ast, J.Cox 6+4reb
Criollos edge Importados in LPB All-Star Game - Apr 3, 2016
Criollos - Importados 136:133
Criollos celebrated victory in the 2016 All-Star Game in Puerto La Cruz. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) sank 27 points to pace the winners. Criollos jumped to a 38:31 lead after the first period. They boosted the margin in the second frame. Criollos piled up a 72:60 halftime lead. Importados narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. Importados unleashed 38 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 14 points and 12 assists, while Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points for Criollos. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89, college: IUPUI) responded with game-high 28 points for Importados. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy) and Trey Gilder (206-PF-85, college: Northwestern St.) had 22 points each in the loss. Leonardo Cappare (186-PG-80) celebrated victory in Three-Point Shootout Contest. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92, college: N.Texas) took Slam Dunk Contest crown.
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